news Telstra has announced it is giving millions of customers “unlimited free access” to its Wi-Fi network, Telstra Air.
Launched last June, the Telstra Air Network is available across Australia via Wi-Fi hotspots at selected locations.
Starting 15 December, new and existing mobile customers on eligible pre-paid and post-paid plans can access Telstra’s network to receive “unlimited free Wi-Fi” until 30 June 2016.
The firms clarified that existing Telstra Air members and Telstra home broadband customers who become Telstra Air members can also receive quota-free Wi-Fi at Telstra Air hotspots during this period “provided they don’t exceed their home broadband allowance”.
Neil Louis, Telstra’s Head of Wi-Fi, said: “As Australians hit the beach, head to the coast and relax in our parks we’re giving eligible customers free Wi-Fi at thousands of Telstra Air hotspots across the nation.”
“We’re tipping customers will use the data-equivalent of sending more than 50 million high-quality photos to post, browse, share and stream on our Wi-Fi network over summer,” he added.
Louis said the Telstra Air Network would help to connect the nation over the busy holiday period.
“Free access to Telstra Air for our customers is just one of the ways we’re helping the nation get connected as people break for the holidays. We’re putting the finishing touches on a massive upgrade of our mobile network in more than 70 holiday hotspots across the nation,” he said.
The launch comes as the warming months see Australians increasingly engaging in outdoor activities, rather than staying at home, and hence will rely more on their mobile devices. Over summer, mobile network traffic in top coastal retreats can double or even triple due to an influx of holiday-makers.
Figures from Facebook show 2.5 billion items of content are posted during the season – 25 million every day (based on figures from summer 2014), Telstra said. This increase in the volume of videos and photos posted represents an increase 17%.
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